Lenovo bolsters PC-to-cloud effort

Lenovo rolled out pieces of its "client to cloud" strategy, which allow users to couple their PCs with cloud computing.

Lenovo on Tuesday rolled out pieces of its "client to cloud" strategy, which allow users to couple their PCs with cloud computing.

First, Lenovo said its Cloud Ready Clients, which include all ThinkPad laptops and ThinkCentre desktops powered by Intel's latest chips, are available. In a nutshell, Lenovo and Intel are using APIs to connect hardware to cloud apps.

The company also announced Lenovo Secure Cloud Access (SCA). This effort uses Stoneware's webNetwork, which improves cloud-app and device interaction. Lenovo will use SCA to give users access to their Web or local Windows applications on any device with a browser.

SCA provides the same Windows user interface, but adjusts security and performance to the device by optimizing memory, graphics and bandwidth. SCA is the first application for Lenovo's Cloud Ready Clients and a virtualization play in many respects.

With the move Lenovo is looking to tie its devices in with cloud data center overhauls. SCA will run on the popular browsers including IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

SCA will be available in North America and run $80 per user for businesses.

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